Shopping for your children may sound like fun but it’s often chaotic, confusing and frustrating when you’re trying to keep kids happy and find the right clothes. There are a few ways you make the experience better for yourself and your children. With the right preparation, you’ll be able to get your shopping done without you or your children breaking down into tears.
Weigh In and Take Measurements
Before you leave the house, weigh your kids on the bathroom scale. Next, you’ll need to measure their waist, chest, and height. Weighing and measuring will help you immensely when it comes to finding the right sizes for your kids.
Most manufacturers base their sizes on height and weight but a few will also print waist or chest measurements on the sales tags. By taking measurements before you leave the house, you’ll have a better idea of what sizes to start trying on when you get there. Depending on the brand, you make end up with a size smaller or larger than recommended.
Buying for your kids without stress has never been easier with online shopping. Now that you’ve got your child’s measurements, you can browse through and quickly find the right sizes based on the site’s sizing charts. By going online you’ll also be able to quickly compare prices.
Another added benefit of online shopping is the boutique clothing that you won’t find in chain stores. Sites like Southern Tots sell clothing that is unique and can be monogrammed for a one of a kind find.
If you plan on having your child try on the clothes before you buy, dress them in easy to remove outfits. Skip the button down shirts and zippered pants for pullovers and elastic waist pants. Don’t forget to put on easy to remove shoes as well.
You may be dressing and undressing them several times before you are finished. The quicker you can get them through trying on clothes, the happier you both will be.
Snacks and Drinks
Your children are going to tolerate shopping better and longer if they have snacks and drinks. Bring food that isn’t sticky or filled with dyes that could get on the clothing you are trying on.
Crackers and dry cereals will be the easiest to keep from getting all over clothes and kids. Even if they spill the food on the floor, it’s only a matter of sweeping them up. For drinks, stick with water. It won’t ruin or discolor anything if it gets spilled.
Making a list with the sizes and clothing items you are looking for will help you narrow down your search. With the right preparation and planning, you’ll be in and out of the store as quickly as possible, which will make you and your kids happier.
Meghan Belnap is a freelance writer who enjoys spending time with her family. She loves being in the outdoors and exploring new opportunities whenever they arise. Meghan finds happiness in researching new topics that help to expand her horizons. You can often find her buried in a good book or out looking for an adventure. You can connect with her on Facebook right here and Twitter right here.